ECE 3254 Industrial Electronics | ECE | Virginia Tech

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Course Information


Fundamentals of electronics, including basic device principles. Include digital, operational amplifier, and analog analysis for industrial applications and magnetic circuits. For students in the Mechanical Engineering program or by permission of the ECE Department

Why take this course?

This course is designed as an introduction to the principles of analog and digital electronic circuits and motors for mechanical engineering students. This course builds upon the theories and experimental practices in electrical circuits taught in the pre-requisite course, 2054, to develop a basic understanding of the operation of circuits containing amplifiers, transistors and diodes. In addition, basic digital circuits and simple microprocessors are discussed to prepare the student for microprocessors systems. The experimental skills developed during the laboratory portion of the prerequisite course together with the theory of this course will enable students to perform basic design and analysis of simple analog and digital electronic circuits and motors covered during this course.

Mechanical Engineering students only


ECE 2054;

The prerequisite for this course, 2054, develops the analysis skills necessary to study the application of basic electronic components in circuits. The pre and co-requisites associated with 2054 provide the student with the math tools necessary for this course.

Major Measurable Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the steady state and small signal AC response of simple electronic circuits containing diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers
  • Apply performance criteria in the design of basic amplifier circuits and verify that the criteria were met.
  • Design and analyze circuits containing digital components and microprocessors.
  • Analyze and evaluate performance parameters of AC and DC motors.

Course Topics


Percentage of Course

1. Review of Piecewise Modeling - Diodes 6%
2. Transistors 9%
3. Theory of amplifiers 9%
4. Operational Amplifiers 18%
5. Digital logic 20%
6. Digital systems and microprocessors 20%
7. AC/DC motors 18%